City of Edinburgh Council v Dickson: EAT 2 Dec 2009

EAT UNFAIR DISMISSAL – Reasonableness of dismissal
UNFAIR DISMISSAL – Reinstatement/re-engagement
DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION – Disability-related discrimination
DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION – Direct disability discrimination,br />Claimant, a diabetic, dismissed for watching pornographic material on a computer at work – Defence that he was suffering a hypoglycaemic episode and not responsible for his actions – Defence rejected – Tribunal holds
(a) that dismissal unfair because the decision-taker refused to ‘engage with’ the defence notwithstanding material adduced in support of it; and that if the defence had been properly considered it would have been accepted; reinstatement ordered
(b) that dismissal constituted direct disability discrimination, alternatively disability-related discrimination.
(1) Tribunal entitled on the evidence before it to reach the conclusions that it did, and to order reinstatement.
(2) The Council’s conduct did not constitute either direct or disability-related discrimination. The fact that the explanation which the Council rejected related to the Claimant’s disability did not mean that the rejection was on the ground of that disability or of a reason related to it. It was necessary that the disability should be (at least part of) the reason for that rejection in the sense explained in such cases as Nagarajan and Taylor v OCS. (Also, if the Claimant failed to establish direct discrimination he would not in any event, since Malcolm, be able to succeed on disability-related discrimination.)


Underhill P J


[2009] UKEAT 0038 – 09 – 0212



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Updated: 14 August 2022; Ref: scu.401694